GlaxoSmithKline’s Advair Diskus was approved by the FDA in 2006. It consists of two different drugs: fluticasone propionate and salmetero.
Advair Diskus is used to treat breathing problems in people who have asthma or chronic pulmonary artery disease (COPD). Unlike albuterol inhalers, it does not work for sudden symptoms. It is a maintenance treatment that reduces exacerbation and airflow obstruction in people who have COPD. The fluticasone propinate is a corticosteroid that reduces the amount of inflammation in the lungs. The salmeterol is a bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in your airways. It will not provide relief to patients who have acute bronchospasms.
Some side effects of Advair Diskus are less severe such as headache, dizziness, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. You may experience dry throat, mouth or nose from Advair Diskus. A stuffy nose, sore throat, cough or other sinus problems might arise. Hoarseness or a deepening of your voice is possible as well.
An allergic reaction to Advair Diskus with symptoms such as swelling of your tongue, throat, lips or face is possible. You may develop hives or have difficulty breathing, all of which require immediate medical assistance. Other serious side effects of Advair Diskus include bronchospasms that cause wheezing, difficulty breathing or chest tightness. Tachycardia or an uneven heartbeat are possible from Advair Diskus, and so are tremors or having a restless feeling. Some patients develop green or yellow mucus from Advair Diskus. Blurred vision, eye pain, fever, chills, stabbing chest pains, seeing halos around lights, blurred vision, white patches or sores in your mouth or a worsening of asthma symptoms have been reported from taking Advair Diskus.
Warnings and Precautions
The salmeterol in Advair Diskus has the potential to increase a person’s risk of asthma-related death. Advair Diskus is not for people who already take asthma medication. Advair Diskus can cause candida albicans infections in the mouth or in the pharynx. It may cause pneumonia or worsen tuberculosis. Advair Diskus might worsen other infections from parasites, viruses, bacteria or fungi. Adrenal suppression is possible and so is paradoxical bronchospasm. Doctors should prescribe Advair Diskus with caution to people who have diabetes mellitus, ketoacidosis, convulsive disorders or thyrotoxicosis.